With affordable rents, easy availability and location near Tampere University of Technology, it is popular dwelling for first year students and exchange students.
Mikontalo was built during period 1978–1980 . It consists of 4 blocks with 12 floors where 767 dwellings are situated. Mikontalo offers for its inhabitants also saunas (two each building), a free gym, public lounge with a TV-set, nintendo Wii, Soundsystem, board games, coffee machine and microwave; laundry room (5 washing and 2 drying machines), cable TV and, of course, connection to the Internet.
According to word of mouth, Mikontalo is the biggest dwelling building in Finland, and even in Nordic Countries. This is however hard to confirm.
The building went through major renovations from Summer 2007 until Summer 2009. During the renovation juliet balconies were added to some of the apartments. Also the facade panels were painted with bluish grey color, replacing red, orange and yellow colors.
In early December 2007, the D block of Mikontalo, while undergoing the reconstruction, was the scene of the Mikontalolights project.
The object of Mikontalolights project was to create the world's physically largest colored graphics platform by using the windows of Mikontalo's D block as light pixels. The platform was used for playing Tetris and other games and present demos created by the students of Tampere University of Technology. The project climaxed on December 4 when the new lights of the building were lit. The goal was to gain global visibility for Tampere University of Technology and the rich student culture of city of Tampere.
Mikontalolights was a part of the 42nd jubilee year of the Student Union of Tampere University of Technology. Mikontalolights was fully carried out by students who were willing to give their work contribution besides their studies. TOAS and the building contractor of Mikontalo Rakennustoimisto Palmberg Oy made it possible to accomplish Mikontalolights by providing Mikontalo as a platform for the project.
Media related to Mikontalo at Wikimedia Commons
- Mikontalo page on TOAS
- Mikontalo on Emporis
- Mikontalo on SkyscraperPage.com
- Mikontalo on Google 3D Warehouse